Ashok Shivpuri - A Versatile Actor
He has accomplished the feat
of being seen in thousands of
homes at the same time,
many a time. He is not a
magician, but a versatile actor from
the Indian Oil family. He has acted in
many teleserials/movies, including
two telestories written by Hans
Anderson and directed by Tariq Shah
in Hindi, that were telecast recently
on DD National TV channel, where he
played the role of a musician and a
rich father respectively.
He is none other than Mr. Ashok Shivpuri, retired Senior Manager
(Industrial Relations) Marketing HQs.
He has entertained televisionviewers/
movie-goers with his
portrayal of a variety of roles. A multitalented
person, Ashok Shivpuri is a
good singer too. He has inherited his
love for music from his mother. His
passion for acting was shown when
he was in Class V and was given the
opportunity to perform in a drama. He
went on to become a Child Artiste
(Drama Division) at the All India
Radio, New Delhi and continued for a
number of years.
Ashok Shivpuri’s romance with the
silver screen started in 1980 in
Madras, where he was posted, through
a chance meeting with the famous
Malayalam Film Director, P. Chandra
Kumar, who offered him a meaty role
of a villain in ‘Mukhangal’, a Malyalam
movie opposite K.R.Vijaya - a talented
actress of the south.
The acting talent of Ashok Shivpuri
was noticed by Hindi flm producers and
this Kashmir-born actor acted in Ye
Rishte Na toote, Dharmadhikari, Aaj
Ka MLA Ram Avtar, Chaalbaaz, Aag,
Justice Chowdary, Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye, Mawali, Duty, Inqulab,
Hoshiyar and a host of other films.
'Mr. Prime Minister' directed by Dev
Anand and ‘Filmstar’ directed by
Tanuja Chandra are the recent ones.
"I interviewed the famous legend of
the film industry – Amitabh Bachchan
for a job", recalls Ashok Shivpuri with
a chuckle. That was in the movie Inquilab, directed by the famous South
Indian Director, T Rama Rao where
he played the role of a General Manager of a company where the ‘ Big
He has had the proud privilege of
acting with well-known cine stars –
Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, K.R. Vijaya, Govinda, Sridevi, Rajesh Khanna, Shabana
Azmi, Pran, Asrani, Jitendra, Raj Babbar, Vinod Mehra,
Madan Puri, etc. in various movies.
Interestingly, he has also played
myriad roles including that of a
comedian, hero, and even a pimp.
A Post-Graduate in Personnel
Management, Sales & Marketing
Management from Delhi University,
and a Diploma-holder in Film
Appreciation from the Film &
Television Institute, Madras, Ashok
Shivpuri handled various responsible
assignments in Indian Oil at different
locations in Mumbai, Madras and new
Delhi. During his posting in the
Southern Region, he was the first nonpolice
personnel considered to handle
the post of Senior Vigilance Officer.
Ashok Shivpuri has one daughter who
is settled in USA.
The only child of his parents,
Ashok Shivpuri has never had any
formal training in acting. Acting comes
naturally to him. A die-hard fan of
Ashok Kumar, Sohrab Modi, Balraj Sahani, Raj Kapoor and Rajkumar,
there is nothing more satisfying for
Ashok Shivpuri than performing under
the arc-lights of the tinsel world and
the small screen. And what better
way to spend his retired life than doing
what he likes the best – Acting.
[Courtesy: Indian Oil News]